There's always a local connection.
And when the Division 3 women's NCAA tournament begins Saturday, there are plenty of ties to New England. But which players from the region could be poised for the biggest impact?
To answer that, New England Soccer Journal has highlighted 15 players who have starred for their respective schools this fall. With that foundation, bigger and better things could come in the pursuit of a national title.
The players below are sorted alphabetically and appear on teams throughout the country.